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November 02, 2011 10:26 PM UTC

Coffman Hitches His Wagon To Perry's Falling Star?

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As noted in the Colorado Statesman late last week:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently announced key members of his Colorado leadership team. U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman will serve as the state chair, with House Majority Leader Amy Stephens and state Rep. Larry Liston serving as state co-chairs. Liston will also serve as the Perry state network coordinator, overseeing grassroots outreach efforts in the state.

“I look forward to bringing my vision to get America working again to Colorado with the help of this outstanding team,”
said Perry…

Coffman goes even further in the release from Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign:

“Gov. Perry’s experience, ideas and proven record of job creation make him the candidate we need to get our nation working again,” said Rep. Coffman. “I am looking forward to being a part of Gov. Perry’s campaign team.”

Given Perry’s quick flameout in the polls and seemingly tough situation going into the initial primaries, this would seem a bit risky for Mike Coffman, wouldn’t it? Well, in addition to Coffman’s apparent willingness to take reckless political risks, McClatchy reports that Perry could have a come back in him yet–especially with Herman Cain’s flash in the pan nearly over:

In less than three months, Perry has nosedived in the polls and is drawing comparisons with candidates from past races who showed early promise but quickly tanked. Now the question often asked is whether Perry’s quest for the presidency is nearing an end or poised for a new beginning and an ultimate rebound.

“The polls go up and down, but when it comes to jobs, conservative record, policy initiatives and resources, Perry is well-positioned to win,” insists Ray Sullivan, Perry’s communications director. And, to varying degrees, a number of independent analysts share that assessment, saying it’s far too early to dismiss Texas’ longest-serving governor as a spent force in the national political arena.

Perry’s strategy for winning – and rebounding from his slide in the polls – rests on a number of factors, including $17 million in fundraising, aggressive campaigning on television and social media, more selective engagement in debates, magnifying his jobs-oriented economic message, and intense personal campaigning to accent Perry’s proven skills at working a crowd.

And in the key swing state of Colorado, Mike Coffman’s smiliing mug leads the way. It seems to us there’s also some risk to Perry if Coffman, who has run himself pretty seriously afoul of the Latino community, becomes identified with Perry here. Perry is counting on his moderate immigration credentials if he gets far enough to reach out to those voters in a general election.

In the meantime, a poll for Team Perry Colorado follows–does he still have a shot?

Can Rick Perry still win Colorado?

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14 thoughts on “Coffman Hitches His Wagon To Perry’s Falling Star?

  1. I’ll go ahead and share it with you liberal propagandists too.

    Rick Perry has a lot of qualities that appeal to conservatives, and it should not be counted against them to support him versus the alternatives that are available. But he has shown some rough edges that call into question his ability to win in 2012. He could shake off those problems and emerge a winner, but for now, Mitt Romney is the one who most Republicans believe can beat Barack Obama.

    So no, it’s not going to hurt Coffman, and good for him. If Romney takes the nomination, Coffman will not hesitate to get behind him.

    PS, Scott McInnis has been vindicated. You are grinding your gears.

      1. That’s like saying someone found “not guilty” of a crime was actually found “innocent.” Ask OJ Simpson how that worked out.

        More on topic, I’ve heard that redstate.com, for one, has thrown their hands up in the air over Cain and are now backing Gingrich.

        I like your naive optimism about Mitt’s chances. I’m flashing back to 2003-03, but the shoe is now on the other foot…

        1. I thought in America you are innocent until proven guilty. How is there a difference then between “not guilty” and “innocent?” You’re making a legal distinction that does not exist.

          And wasn’t it the Democrats who decided that OJ Simpson should be doubly jeopardized?

          1. Did he go on trial?

            No. Neither happened. Comparisons to “innocent til proven guilty” (which is a courtroom assumption) don’t apply. YOU are the one making a legal distinction that doesn’t exist.

            If there’s no distinction between “not guilty” and “innocent,” then why do juries have the option of finding the accused as “not guilty” instead of “innocent?”

            Hm. I was going to leave it at that, but you have a poor track record when it comes to answering questions if the honest answer contradicts what you said. So, let me answer this for you.

            The distinction exists because “not guilty” means that the state was unable to prove the defendant’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Finding someone “innocent” would mean that the person did not commit the crime. The law understands that an accused person can have committed the crime even if they were unable to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. Which is precisely why I mentioned OJ Simpson.

            Getting back to Scooter, “exonerated” meant that he did absolutely nothing wrong. In reality, he turned in a grand total 50 pages of undeniably plagiarized work in his two-year fellowship. Apparently that’s not the kind of misconduct that can result in disbarment. But it was wrong.

  2. About this:

    Some guys NEED a white Protestant in this thing

    .  We used to say this same thing about Republican candidates in the 2nd Congressional.  What we didn’t need was another white male lawyer who thinks Jesus is in it.

  3. No matter what happens Cain will never be white enough (and continuing that thought neither will Frazier) for the Republican party.

    Coffman is just looking for a “name” he recognizes. And, you never know, he might want to move to Texas after it leaves the Union.

  4. And it looks like there might be a long way to the bottom of the gravity well it’s falling into.

    Perry can make a come-back and probably will.  I know we’ve had a rapid succession of rising and falling numbers in the race so far, but I think Perry – uninspiring though he’s been in the debates so far – may have the stamina to pull through and become a once-and-again contender.  The other remaining contenders don’t seem to be breaking away; Newt and Santorum and Bachmann and Huntsman aren’t pulling out of the basement, and I think the time is getting late for them.

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